Srinagar, May 27: Train services remained suspended for security reasons for the third day on Sunday in south Kashmir following damage caused to track by the demonstrators, who were protesting against the arrest of some youths during nocturnal raids in Anantnag district on Friday.
However, all trains are running as per schedule on Srinagar-Budgam to Baramulla route in north Kashmir, a senior railway official said.
He said several Track Circuit Operating Clip (TCOC) were missing after protests at Arwani in Anantnag, he said. This is the second time the TCOC were stolen during the demonstration as on May 9, 300 clips were found missing after demonstration at Panzgam in Anantnag.
”We cannot operate trains till the track is repaired, he said adding it will take some time. Therefore, no train will chug on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region on Sunday,” he said.
Train services have become very popular in the valley as it is being considered cheap, fast and safe mode of transport, compared to other modes of transport.
Daily passengers, travelling between Srinagar and south Kashmir, expressing concern over suspension of train service, alleged that some vested interest miscreants are behind removing the TCOC. The cost of travel in trains on this route was very cheap as compared to other mode of transport, they said adding it is the passenger who suffer due to cancellation of train service. They said cabs and other mode of surface transporters have field day when train service is suspended.
This is the 13th time, when train service was suspended in Kashmir valley partially or fully for security reasons in May. Last month, the train service was suspended for eight times for security reasons. In the year, the service remained affected for over 50 times fully or partially.